Fine Arts

Luzvic Backstrom
Music, Orchestra
512-841-3052
 
Luzvic Backstrom
 
Luzvic Backstrom is originally from Valencia, Venezuela. She studied music at an early age and eventually studied double bass with Mr. Javier Picon at the Conservatorium of Carabobo, and later at "El Sistema" in Venezuela. She played for the Youth Symphony Orchestra, Carabobo's Bolivariana Symphonic Orchestra, and the Symphonic Band, "24 de Julio". She was a performer in the Latin American Academy of Double Bass. She has performed with amazing players such as Nardia Salermo, Renee Fleming, and Francois Rabbath. Mrs. Backstrom has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her previous teaching experiences include middle and high school orchestra in Hattiesburg Public Schools, as well as Austin. She is working on her National Board Certification, is a guest conductor of several ensembles around Texas, and is the orchestra director at LBJ High School.
 
 
Robert Bart
Art
512-841-3051
 
Robert Bart
 
I was born in New Orleans to a big creative family. I received art training at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, an arts high school, and at the RHoK, a small arts academy in Brussels, Belgium. While in college, I began selling my handcrafted sculptural pieces, from figurines to ornaments to portraits and masks. I finally settled on large-scale parade props. I lived 4 years in Belgium, first as a bicycle racer, then as a cook, before returning to school. I have been a professional artist since 1985, and a teacher since 2004, when I taught Science in Houston. I moved back home to New Orleans after hurricane Katrina, to work at a newly reopened school. I have been teaching Art ever since.
 
 
 
 
Heather Butler
Art
512-841-3010
 
Heather Butler

Hi, my name is Mrs.Butler and I have lived and worked in Austin, TX for most of my life. I enjoy teaching my students about how big art can be and how you can market yourself as an artist. I am part of several art communities and art businesses in and around Austin, and currently sell my own work part time.

 

My Professional and Educational Background-

 

I have a background in graphic design and fine art with B.A. in Communication Design from Texas State University. I attended the Art Institute of Chicago for two years with a focus in painting and art and technology. I have also worked in the fashion/sales/makeup industry for over twenty years.

I look forward to making art with you!

 

 
Melissa Driscoll
Theater
512-414-7031 or 512-841-4620
 
 
Ponder East
Jazz Band
512-414-7013
 
Ponder East
 
Paige Edwards
Dance
512-414-7045
Paige Edwards
 

Ms. Paige Edwards has enjoyed dance of many genres including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, and more since the age of 5. During high school, she held leadership positions throughout her time as a Jersey Village Gold Duster in Houston serving as the 9th grade Sergeant, Jr. Leutenant, and Sr. Colonel. In 2013, she graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's in Business Administration and a Dance Minor. While attending A&M she peformed and taught with student organizations: Fade to Black and Dance Arts Society. In the summer of 2014, she completed a dance/business internship through Performing Arts Abroad in Barcelona, Spain with Varium Espai de Moviment. After landing her feet in Austin with an IT Sales company for a few  years, she realized that dance still held a huge part of her heart, so she became Certified to teach dance in the state of Texas. Much to her surprise, life had other plans when she was offered an exciting and creative role with a company called DrumFIT as the Curriculum Specialist, but she still longed to lead a Dance team of her own! In the Fall of 2018, she was offered the role as dance teacher and Drill Team Director for LASA/LBJ. She is grateful to be in this position and looks forward to cultivating a strong program for years to come. Since living in Austin, she has also enjoyed performing with various dance companies and teaching dance to students of all ages at Alisa's Dance Academy, PAIYH Dance Studios, The Dance Works, and Ballet Austin's Young Children's Division. In addition to dancing, she loves spending time with her cats, exploring the outdoors, seeing live music, gardening, traveling, taking it easy with family and friends, and continually learning new things! 

 
 
Jeff Fratus
Guitar
512-414-7032
 
 
Deric Lewis
Music/Choir/Piano
512-414-7030
 
Deric Lewis

Deric J. Lewis, is an accomplished musician/songwriter in multiple genres including Classical, Jazz, Pop, and Gospel. After graduating from Huston-Tillotson University (Austin, Texas) with a degree in Classical Piano Performance, he sought a postgraduate degree from Howard University (Washington D.C.).

 

As a performer, Deric Lewis has been fortunate to travel to several foreign countries and most major cities in North America. He has shared the stage and worked with most national gospel artists including Malcolm Williams, Dorinda Clark, and Kathy Taylor.. His recording choir “Deric Lewis & The Church Choir” is currently signed with Ernest Pugh Music. They are featured on three national releases and in 2019, they were featured on the EPM collaboration album.

 

Deric has been called upon to assemble and train choirs for celebrities such as Diana Ross (assembled and prepared choir for her ACL Performance) and Damon Albarn (Assembled, rehearsed, and sang background vocals for Warner Bros. International Artist Damon Albarns SXSW appearances: Jimmy Kimmel-LIVE, Stubbs BBQ with live simulcast on NPR, Guitar Center Sessions at Starr Building rooftop for Direct TV, Fader Fort with Snoop Dogg and De La Soul, and the Public Radio Rocks Showcase.) Damon loved the background vocals so much that he decided to take them on his American tour, which included The Tonight Show, The Governors Ball (NYC), The Bonnaroo Festival (Manchester), Irving Plaza (NYC), The Royal (Boston), and the Fox Theater (Atlanta). Deric has been called upon to perform for celebrity weddings including the Jessica Simpson/Nick Lache wedding and the Nancy Mckeon wedding, and to score music songbooks for gospel artists such as The Texas Mass Choir, Norman Hutchins, and Chester D.T. Baldwin. Deric is also the organist for the Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas, Director/Instructor of The Mount Sinai School of Music, and a proud member of the most esteemed Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

 

Deric is also a music educator. He holds a Texas EC-12 teachers certification in Music and is employed by the Austin Independent School District as a High School Choral Conductor. He heads the Choral Music Department and teaches AP Music Theory, Piano, and Voice at The Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) High School and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Early College High School. Under his tutelage; in 2016, the LBJ choir made history with their Sweepstakes” award in Varsity, Mixed 5A at the Texas UIL Concert/Sight-reading competition.

 

 
Chris Lizak
Band Assistant Director
512-414-7032
 
Chris Lizak
 
Brian Mayer
Band Director
512-414-7032
 
Brian Mayer